Langley – MARCH 26 UPDATE – Everyone can breathe a little easier.
The search is finally over. After months and months of fearing the worst, Sources Langley Food Bank has found a new home.
In a brief media release, Communications Director Tiffany Kwong noted: We wish to thank the community for their overwhelming support – for helping us look for a location, for helping us spread the word – all this encouraged us and warmed our hearts.
Kwong told FVN that the food bank will be in the area of 204 Street and 62 Avenue although an exact address won’t be provided as of yet so that clients don’t try to access the centre before it is ready.
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They recently learned that the property where the Sources Langley Food Bank has been operating for over four years has been SOLD – and unless they can find a new location in the next two months, they’ll be homeless.
“We found out at the end of January that we have to be out by April 30, but we have nowhere to go,” said Denise Darrell, Executive Director of Community Services at Sources Community Resources Society (SOURCES). “This weighs heavy on us. We feel very connected to this community and we feel a responsibility to the 650 registrants we serve – 41 per cent of them are children.”
Currently located in the basement of the United Church on 200 Street, staff have been looking for a suitable space to rent for the past 18 months, but it has been a challenge. “The property owners we’ve spoken to don’t want to lease to a Food Bank, but we are much more than that,” Darrell said. “We want to dispel any doubts about having us as a tenant. We are responsible, we can pay rent and we are a good neighbour.”
The Sources Langley Food Bank is a program of SOURCES, a not-for-profit organization that has been providing help and hope to individuals and families in need since 1978. Beyond food distribution, the Sources Langley Food Bank has an Advocate on site to assist people with housing, income supports, mental health, and more. Their clientele include children, adults, seniors, refugees, newcomers, and other citizens of Langley City, Langley Township and Aldergrove.